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Obituaries

From the May ACP Observer, copyright 2004 by the American College of Physicians.

Paul Calabresi, MACP

Paul Calabresi, MACP, renowned cancer expert and pioneer in chemotherapy, died on Oct. 25, 2003. A resident of Nayatt Point, R.I., Dr. Calabresi was 73.

Born in Milan, Italy, Dr. Calabresi earned his medical degree from Yale University in 1955 and served his internship and residency at Harvard University. He was on the Yale faculty until 1968, when he joined Brown University as professor of medical science and physician-in-chief at Roger Williams General Hospital. He was chair of the department of medicine at Brown, where he was a founding director of the Brown University Cancer Center.

He was appointed chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board by President Bush in 1991, and served on the President's Cancer Panel in 1995 under President Clinton.

An authority on anticancer agents, Dr. Calabresi also served on the editorial boards of eight journals, including the Journal of Cancer and the New England Journal of Medicine. He also wrote or edited more than 200 books and articles on pharmacology and the management of cancer.

Dr. Calabresi was awarded Mastership in 1987.

Thomas F. Frawley, MACP

Thomas F. Frawley, MACP, a well-respected endocrinologist and former President of the College, died on Feb. 27, 2004. A resident of Chesterfield, Mo., he was 84.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Frawley graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1944. He went on to serve in the Army medical corps in Germany and England during World War II.

He began his research career as professor of medicine at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., and later joined St. Louis University School of Medicine as director of the first division of endocrinology and metabolism and chair of the department of internal medicine. He also maintained a clinical practice for more than 50 years at several medical centers in the St. Louis area.

Dr. Frawley, who authored more than 100 research papers and textbook chapters, served in several College leadership positions, including President from 1980-81.

He was also Chair of the Board of Regents from 1981-82, a member of the Board of Regents from 1976-80 and Governor for the Missouri Chapter from 1971-75. He received the Missouri Chapter's Laureate Award in 1987 and the College's Alfred Stengel Memorial Award in 1993 for outstanding service to ACP.

Dr. Frawley received his Mastership in 1982.

Daniel S. Klein, FACP

Daniel S. Klein, FACP, a much-loved Wyoming internist and former Governor for the Wyoming Chapter, died on Feb. 15, 2004. A resident of Laramie, Wyo., he was 59.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1944, Dr. Klein graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1970. He began his career in internal medicine in Rawlins, Wyo., where he set up the town's only internal medicine practice.

In 1989, he moved to Laramie, where he established a private practice and took on many community roles, including county health officer, nursing home medical director and supervising physician at the county prison.

He also became widely known for his devotion to patient care, routinely making house calls and learning to speak Spanish so he could better serve Hispanic patients. He helped set up Laramie's Downtown Clinic, which continues to treat low-income and uninsured patients.

He served as Governor for the Wyoming Chapter from 1996 to 2000 and won the Chapter's Laureate Award in 2003. He was scheduled to receive an honorary doctorate this year from the University of Wyoming for his service to the state.

In a July/August 2001 ACP Observer column, then-College President William J. Hall, MACP, singled out Dr. Klein as one of the few "happy internists" he had met.

In addition to his accomplishments on paper, Dr. Hall noted that Dr. Klein attained something much more fleeting and less tangible: personal satisfaction.

David E. Sandvik, FACP, Governor for the South Dakota Chapter, remembered Dr. Klein as a master clinician and "a shining example of what all internists strive to become." According to Dr. Sandvik, Dr. Klein's musings on the murder of Matthew Shepard ("What happened in Laramie" in the Feb. 2, 1999, Annals of Internal Medicine, online) should be required reading for all internists.

"Dan represents the best of us, living out his career with expertise and beauty, with the respect of colleagues, patients, community, and family and friends," Dr. Sandvik said. "He was a person and physician with deep knowledge and compassion, with the insight and humility to realize that we each carry the capacity for both great good and great evil."

Dr. Klein became a Fellow in the College in 1993.

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